If you’re familiar with our brand, you’ll know that we’re always looking for holistic new ways to promote self care and wellbeing.
Both of us are advocates of alternative, natural therapies – we launched an entire IGTV series in January looking at a variety of ways to enrich our wellbeing.
One such therapy that both of us love is cupping (also known in the Middle East and Subcontinent as Hijama.)
It’s a complementary therapy stemming from ancient Chinese, Greek and Middle Eastern medicine, the practice has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. It’s been cited as a powerful preventative and curative therapy which boosts the circulatory and immune systems and cleanses and detoxifies the body. The treatment uses suction cups (most commonly placed) on the patient’s back which pulls the skin at certain pressure points.
Wet cupping therapy involves superficial incisions made onto the skin and controlled medicinal bleeding, which in turns provides a release point for toxic fluids, build up of gas and stagnated blood to be removed from the body. Dry Cupping follows the same principle without the incisions, drawing toxic substances away from the internal organs and towards the surface of the skin.
It’s a powerful therapy, and those who practice it swear by its benefits in treating ailments.
Why Does it Work?
The aim of Hijama or wet cupping is to extract stagnated or congested blood from certain points around your body. The theory is that such blood could slow down the delivery of much needed oxygen, mineral electrolytes, vitamins, enzymes, immune system cells & antibodies to your cells, tissues and organs. With stagnated or congested blood present in your body; your cells, tissues and organs may not function at the best and so later become progressively weak, inefficient, or easily overcome by bacteria and infection.
Which Conditions can be treated with Cupping?
According to the British Cupping Society, cupping can be used to treat:
- Blood disorders such as anaemia and haemophilia
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Skin conditions such as eczema and acne
- High blood pressure
- Migraines and headaches
- Anxiety and depression
- Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins
Who should Avoid Wet Cupping?
- Children below the age of 10 years old
- Adults above the age of 70 years old
- People using blood thinning or Anti-Clotting medication such as Aspirin,
- Pregnant women & women Breast feeding
- People recovering from surgery
- People suffering from a lack of red blood cells (Anemia)
- People with a history of Cancer, Diabetes & Heart attacks
What are the side affects?
Cupping is a safe form of complementary therapy and it is important to seek a qualified therapist. Side affects include:
- Bruising in the areas where the cups have been used.
- Mild Discomfort
- Light headedness/dizziness
- Localised irritation/scarring.
Words of Caution
As with any complementary therapy, we'd recommend that you consult your doctor before trying any alternative medicine. We'd also recommend that you speak to your cupping therapist before your appointment to gauge their protocol.
Areas to base your question on could include:
- Conditions/environment they practice in
- Training and Qualifications
- Health condition that needs addressing
- Are there reasons I should not get cupping?
If undergoing a wet cupping therapy session it is especially important that the therapist disinfects and sterilises the treatment area and uses sterilised, disposable cups and blades to avoid cross contamination of blood borne diseases between patients. We urge that you verify this whilst booking your appointment.
We spoke to Umm Amaar of Hijama Nation Academy on our latest IGTV series. Umm Amaar is a certified Hijama Practitioner, Holistic Therapy Practitioner. Her passion and knowledge for Traditional Islamic Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Natural Medicine was evident in our interview with her. Hijama Nation offer certified hijama diplomas for practitioners and have a list of qualified coaches and therapists on their website here.
Watch our full interview with Umm Amaar on our IGTV Series on Wellness on Wednesday here.